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Concert Review: Foo Fighters, The Joy Formidable

When the house lights dimmed, hearts started racing. The anticipation for this show had lingered for a long time. Despite the show being announced well over half a year ago, Calgarians had to wait even longer for the Foo’s to come through town - this was one of two rescheduled dates due to Dave Grohl losing his voice earlier in the tour. All of the fans in the sold-out crowd saw that it was worth the wait, from the postponement of the originally scheduled date in September, as well as the fact that it was the final stop on an 18-month long tour.

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A Smashing Spectacle

The curtain was opened for fans at the Scotiabank Saddledome at 7:30 on September 8, and the anticipation lingered in the air like the marijuana smoke would later on. A black screen split apart down the centre, pulling to either side of the stage, with graphics scattering across. The graphics showed a piece of each chapter of the Smashing Pumpkins’ history, from artwork from Melancholy and the Infinite Sadness to Siamese Dream. Through the gap between the screens, a single white light peeked through, and thereafter, the mystical William Patrick Corgan.

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Review: reputation

As the 1989 era comes to a close, a new dawn is upon us. After more than three years, Taylor Swift has released her sixth studio album, reputation. Taylor has come along way from riding shotgun with her hair undone and dancing in a storm in her best dress, fearless. reputation sheds a whole new light on Swift’s most intimate moments and shows a side of her that we’ve only caught glimpses of before.

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Review: Lovely Little Lonely

A band like The Maine just can’t be reviewed. Many people who read Under The Rockies are probably familiar with the fact that The Maine are one of my favourite bands. When the band released “American Candy” in 2015, I found myself listening to the record as a critic, and not as a fan, which is why this website began in the first place. Amidst that mistake, I learned my lesson, and I’ve now returned to listening to music in the same way that I did when I was younger, as a fan and not a critic.

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Review: Requiem

GOAT's Requiem will conjure a smile upon your face within its first few bars, and the feeling of whimsical pleasure will stand by your side throughout the entirety of the album. The album seems to ease the listener into its wonderful world at first by having the lead vocalist seduce the audience with her capturing solo, which is layered over sounds of nature. 

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Review: The Magic

When a band plays together for a long period of time, a few things occur. Some continue to develop and acquire a vast knowledge for the relationships amongst music. Sadly, and more commonly, instead of reinventing themselves over the years, many groups get stuck in a musical rut and continue to produce the exact same content. Luckily, while although The Magic is Deerhoof’s tenth album, the LP consists of material that surges with creativity and originality. Deerhoof’s The Magic is exceptionally entertaining because while although they have been playing for decades, the band still experiments with the types of sounds that they can produce. Never predictable, and commonly in languages other than English, The Magic produces sounds and songs that do not require the support of the album to shine on their own.

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Review: Weaves

While Weaves may be the first time full LP that we’ve received from Weaves, hopefully it is the first of many albums to come. The self-titled album blurs the constricting restraints of designated genres, and sails across a mixture of styles such as punk, pop, and hints of grunge rock. Perfectly weird, and as approachable as old friends, Weaves encapsulates all of the qualities required for making a solid debut album. It grips the audience with its range of entrancing capabilities, while still leaving them thirsty for more. Packed with techniques that get in your face, as well as mellow rhythms that are more hypnotic than comforting, Weaves checks off every indie lover’s criteria for a good album.

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Review: Nonagon Infinity

The newest release from Melbourne’s King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard definitely packs a punch. Nonagon Infinity is a relentless album that rarely allows room for recuperation.  The album's pacing is so extreme at times that it can be exhausting. Without a doubt, Nonagon Infinity is the fastest and most energetic album that Under The Rockies has reviewed this year so far. 

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Review: Cleopatra

It has been four years since The Lumineers released their debut album. Their self-titled record captured the hearts of indie and folk lovers everywhere within its first few bars. Carrying the runaway hit “Ho Hey”, along with other fan favorites such as “Dead Sea” and “Stubborn Love”, the group left excellent first impressions on the indie/folk community. After the album was dropped, fans were left waiting in four long years of silence, deprived of even the slightest taste of a follow up track. Now that their latest album Cleopatra has been released, it is clear that the wait was well worth it. The acoustic trio has produced another album of soulful storytelling, and simplistic melodies. By releasing Cleopatra, The Lumineers have proved that when it comes to music, they prioritize quality over quantity.

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